Cucumber is a plant of the gourd family, which includes, in addition to it, for example melon, gourd and, of course, pumpkin. It probably comes from a wild vegetable growing in the foothills of the Himalayas. It was cultivated in India about 3,000 years ago, later it became widespread and is now known in all climatic zones.
Fresh cucumbers are widely used – they are perfect for salads, sandwiches, cucumbers, they can be pickled, preserved and pickled. However, it should be remembered that fresh vegetables – unlike pickled and low-salt ones – can be difficult to digest for people with a sensitive stomach.
Kukurbitacins are substances responsible for the bitterness of the described vegetables. They are present in all cucumbers, but most often their concentration is so low that the bitterness is not felt. Cucurbitacin levels increase when there are droughts or temperature fluctuations during cucumber cultivation, and when the vegetable is grown in nitrogen-poor soil.
90 percent of the green vegetable it consists of water, besides it, in cucumber we can find vitamins: C, A, B and E, as well as organic acids, mineral salts and sugars.
Pickled vegetables, including cucumbers, are a valuable source of lactic acid, which is a natural probiotic. The substance produced during fermentation cleanses the body and strengthens its immune system.
In the process of pickling, valuable ingredients pass into the juice, so it is as valuable as the vegetables themselves.
Until mid-2009, EU regulations specified…, yes, yes – the permissible angle of curvature of a cucumber. A 1988 ordinance allowed for a maximum arc size of “Extra” category cucumbers to be a maximum of 10 mm for every 10 cm of vegetable length.
The acids contained in the cucumber, by lowering water retention, reduce swelling and swelling of the eyes.
Cucumbers, due to their high water content and the presence of many minerals, are perfect for hot days, quenching thirst and hydrating the body. For this reason, it is also worth including them in your daily menu, in the form of an addition to light salads or fruit and vegetable cocktails. These vegetables are 95% water!